Georgia Introduces Technical Regulation Based on EU Battery Directive

Georgia publishes a new Technical
Regulation for batteries and battery waste management – Resolution No. 324 of
May 25, 2020 on ‘Approval of Technical Regulation on Batteries and Battery
Waste Management.’

Published on May 27, 2020, the new
Technical Regulation is modeled on European Union (EU) Directive 2006/66/EC,
including amendments (consolidated version to July 2018). It includes, inter
provisions relating to:

  • Scope of
    batteries and accumulators
  • Obligations
    for economic operators – manufacturers (which includes importers),
    distributors, recyclers, processors, and consumers
  • Provisions
    for the use of mercury, lead and cadmium in batteries and accumulators
  • Requirements
    for collection schemes and collection targets
  • Registration
    requirements for manufacturers – by June 1, 2021
  • Labeling
    requirements for batteries, accumulators, and battery packs if these contain
    more than the specified quantity of mercury, cadmium and/or lead

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The Technical Regulation applies to all types
of battery and accumulator, regardless of their shape, size, weight,
composition, and use. The exemptions are military equipment, weapons, products
for national security, and products designed to be launched into space.

Mercury is restricted to no more than 5
mg/kg (0.0005%) in all types of battery and accumulator, and Cadmium is
restricted to no more than 20 mg/kg (0.002%) in portable batteries and
accumulators (except batteries in emergency alarm systems and medical devices).
Products containing more than 5 mg/kg mercury, 20 mg/kg cadmium, or 40 mg/kg
lead, are obliged to be labeled with the relevant chemical symbol, which must
be placed beneath the ‘crossed out wheeled bin’ symbol. This must occupy at
least one-quarter of the area of that symbol.

The other requirements for symbols are:

  • ‘Crossed
    out wheeled bin’ – at least 3%, but not more than 5 cm², of the largest side of
    the battery, accumulator, or battery pack.
  • Cylindrical
    cells – at least 1.5%, but not more than 5 cm², of the surface area of the
    battery or accumulator

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In addition, if the size of the battery,
accumulator or battery pack is such that the symbol is smaller than 0.5 cm², a
symbol of at least 1 cm² must be printed on the packaging.

Georgia’s new
Technical Regulation for batteries and battery waste management will come into
force on September 1, 2020.

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